The Military Diet – my 3-day experience (by Jill Blofield)

Below is my cousin Jill's first blog.   Feel free to give comment and feedback via the Contact Form.or on social media. Thanks. How many of us are happy with our bodies?  And, if we're not happy with how we look, are we justified? Last weekend Mum and Dad took me to an outdoor sculpture exhibition at Marks Hall and Arboretum.  With blue skies and scarcely a cloud in sight, the weather was perfect for wandering round the sculpture trail containing 300 quality pieces from over 50 national and international sculptors artistically placed throughout…continue reading →

Filling in the gaps…

I wasn't anticipating writing another part to this blog quite so soon, but the last 24hrs have been a bit of a challenge! Yesterday I had a visit from the first person on the scene when I had my heart attack.  Leon (in white) - owner of Functional Fitness, and Project Manager for Active for Health Rotherham (COPD; Cancer; Stroke; MSK; Falls Prevention) - was the only other person I managed to contact after phoning 999 for an ambulance. If you've read my initial "Attack!" blog, you'll be aware that I don't remember…continue reading →

The Recovery begins…

On Wed 16th Aug I had a heart attack - completely out of the blue and without any warning.  I was in hospital for nine days.  This blog picks up the story as I arrive home. Thur 24th Aug - I'm discharged from Chesterman 1 (ward at Northern General Hospital, Sheffield at 8pm.  I take a slow walk along the corridors with mum and a friend, while dad goes to bring the car round to the Pick Up point. It all still feels really surreal.  Thankfully I'm not in any pain, just feel…continue reading →

“Attack!!” – my experience of a heart attack

Two weeks ago today, on Wed 16th Aug 2017, I had a heart attack.  The story which unfolds below is a collaboration of many peoples' input, and is accurate to the best of my knowledge and research attempts. A heart attack differs greatly from person to person.  Here is general information and guidance from the NHS Choices website.  Below is what happened to me. My first memories start on Sat 19th Aug as I slowly come round in the Critical Care Unit of Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.  I'm exhausted, bruised, have a…continue reading →

The Six Dales Challenge – the full story!!

Making her first (of hopefully many) guest appearances on here, my cousin Jill has written up the full story of events for our Peak District Six Dales Challenge last Sat 24th June: We started off in good spirits.  The surface was easy road-walking, with friendly marshals at every corner to ensure we stayed on route.  The descent into the first dale started as a pleasant grassy slope, but slowly became more uneven underfoot, with many small slippery rocks and stones to look out for.  This made it quite slow-going.  The next two dales…continue reading →

We did it!!

Yesterday, myself and my wonderful cousin Jill took part in the Peak District Six Dales challenge: 6 dales; 27 miles; 1000m ascent; 14hrs to complete. Here is a quick summary (will update with fuller details tomorrow when I'm not so tired!!) My friend Ana and I left my house at 6am after having packed, repacked and then rearranged again my rucksack!  Decided to jettison the extra set of clothing and the waterproof covering for my rucksack - just no room left for food and drink. We picked Jill up from St Anne's church…continue reading →

Six Days ’til the Six Dales

It's been four months and twenty nine days since Jill and myself agreed to enter for the Pure Challenge Six Dales hike: 6 dales, 27 miles, 1000m ascent and 14hrs to complete it.  We're raising funds for two charities: Doctors of the World and Swansea City Mission - Nicholaston House, which runs Eating Disorder courses for people with any faith and no faith. Doctors of the World They are currently running 400 projects in 80 countries with 3000 volunteers! Whether it’s providing urgent medical care in Ukraine, giving mental healthcare to refugees in…continue reading →

Further and longer!

So how did you spend your weekend?  For me it started with a surprisingly quick and clear journey south on the A14.  The aim was to meet up with my cousin Jill for our final joint training hike before our Six Dales Challenge on Sat 24th June - fundraising for Doctors of the World and also the Eating Disorder work led by Helena Wilkinson at Nicholaston House (Swansea City Mission). After an evening of sorting out motivational hiking music on my mp3, I settled down for a good night's sleep ahead of a…continue reading →

A Lesson in Endurance

I moved in to my current house just over eight months ago.  It's a lovely two-bed house, in a quiet cul-de-sac overlooking fields.  The neighbours are great, and it's close to work too.  The one 'glitch' is that it has a HUGE garden - and I have NO green fingers whatsoever!!  Thankfully there are very few plants to look after (I struggle to keep cacti alive)... just one giant undulating lawn to keep under control. Lately it's been a struggle to match time off work with dry weather, and hence my lawn resembled…continue reading →

“Too fat to work!” – my response to the Daily Mail article.

Last Tuesday 30th May, the Daily Mail published an article,  written by Tammy Hughes, quoting Prof Dame Carol Black.  I saw it retweeted a few times on Twitter and was intrigued by the headline.  Having read the article, I felt compelled to put my opinion and comments forward. The first line of the articles stated “Almost 900,000 people in Britain are too fat to work”. My first thought was along the lines of ‘What is the definition of being too fat to work’?   Too fat to be able to travel to work?…continue reading →